Yesterday, the Women’s Southern California Golf Association’s member clubs voted on a proposal put forth by its Board of Directors to unify with the Southern California Golf Association. By a vote of 197 to 3, the proposal passed. Effective July 1, the WSCGA, with its 22,000 individual members and 190 clubs, will become part of the SCGA.
“It is with great excitement that we announce this unification,” said Kevin Heaney, executive director of the SCGA. “The SCGA has long been the home association for thousands of female golfers, and with the addition of the WSCGA and its clubs, women’s golf in Southern California will be stronger and more united than ever.”
The SCGA will honor the WSCGA’s rich history and commitment to women’s golf by expanding its female programming, including adopting a number of the WSCGA’s championships and tournaments, as well as taking over the administration of USGA women’s qualifiers in our area. The SCGA will administer the remainder of the WSCGA’s 2017 tournament calendar, and in 2018 will debut a new slate of events with a heavier emphasis on female competitions. All other SCGA events, including Member Outings, Summer Series and One-Day Series, are already open to WSCGA member participation.
In addition to events, WSCGA members will have access to the full suite of SCGA benefits beginning July 1, including administration of USGA Handicap Index and course rating, FORE magazine and its digital newsletter, FORE Her, which is sent on a monthly basis to female members of the SCGA. The SCGA will welcome WSCGA staff along with a number of volunteers who will be integrated into existing SCGA committees. The SCGA will also add two women to its board, which already includes WSCGA Trustee Nikki Gatch. Effective July 1, 2017, three of the SCGA’s 16 board members will be female.